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The atlas of birds : diversity, behavior, and conservation

Author: Mike Unwin
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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"The Atlas of Birds captures the breathtaking diversity of birds, and illuminates their conservation status around the world. Full-color maps show where birds are found, both by country and terrain, and reveal how an astounding variety of behavioral adaptations -- from flight and feeding to nest building and song -- have enabled them to thrive in virtually every habitat on Earth. Maps of individual journeys and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Maps
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Unwin
ISBN: 9780691149493 0691149496
OCLC Number: 687685696
Description: 144 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 28 cm.
Contents: Introduction to birds: Bird beginnings ; Fit for purpose ; Feathers --
Where birds live: Bird habitats ; Country counts ; Endemic birds ; Important bird areas ; Europe ; Asia and the Middle East ; Africa ; The Americas ; Australasia ; Antarctica, oceans and islands --
Birds in order: Ratites and tinamous ; Game birds to grebes ; Storks to cranes ; Seabirds and shorebirds ; Birds of prey ; Pigeons to cuckoos ; Owls to hummingbirds ; Kingfishers to mousebirds ; Passerines : perching birds --
How birds live: Taking to the air ; By land and water ; Finding food ; Sense and sensitivity ; Showing off ; From egg to adult ; Living together ; Birds on the move ; Flyways ; Different journeys --
Birds and people: Birds on the menu ; Putting birds to use ; Birds in culture ; Learning from birds ; Conflicts with birds ; Birds for pleasure --
Birds under threat: Extinction ; Birds under threat ; Losing land ; Infrastructure and pollution ; Birds wanted : dead or alive ; Alien invasion ; All at sea ; Warming up --
Protecting birds: BirdLife International ; Campaigns and conventions ; Saving species ; Protecting places ; People power --
Bird table.
Responsibility: Mike Unwin.

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"The Atlas of Birds captures the breathtaking diversity of birds, and illuminates their conservation status around the world. Full-color maps show where birds are found, both by country and terrain, and reveal how an astounding variety of behavioral adaptations -- from flight and feeding to nest building and song -- have enabled them to thrive in virtually every habitat on Earth. Maps of individual journeys and global flyways chart the amazing phenomenon of bird migration, while bird classification is explained using maps for each order and many key families. Conservation provides a strong focus throughout, with maps illustrating where and why birds are most under threat, and what is being done to protect them. Separate sections examine key factors influencing their distribution and endangering their survival, from deforestation and climate change to invasive species and the cage-bird trade. Bird groups most affected, such as island endemics, are highlighted, while a fascinating chapter explores the complex historical relationship between birds and humans, with maps and data for everything from poultry farming to birdwatching. The maps are supported by an authoritative text that uses the very latest data and case studies from BirdLife International. Packed with sumptuous photos, original diagrams, and imaginative graphics that bring the numbers to life, this book is a stunning and timely insight into perhaps the most colorful and intriguing group of organisms on our planet"--Front flap.

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